بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
Ramadan: the last few days
This is exactly what we all should now be doing!
With only a few more days of Ramadan left, we need to be taking advantage of the fact that Allah (swt) has allowed us to witness these last few days.
How can we do this?
As well as carrying out the obligatory acts of fasting, praying, etc, try to carry out as many good deeds as you can. Some ideas: give more charity, be kinder to people, recite/listen to more quran, pray nafl, (an easy one) smile!
However, remember that acts carried out continuously are much better than one-off acts: ‘A’isha reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The acts most pleasing to Allah are those which are done continuously, even if they are small. And when ‘A’isha did any act she did it continuously. (Sahih Muslim, Book #004, Hadith #1713).
So try to ensure that whatever you do to earn those extra rewards during Ramadan, you continue to do after Ramadan!
Keep up the effort
Tonight is of course the 27th night of Ramadan, the night which is said to be most likely Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power) when whoever prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and sincerity, shall have all their past sins forgiven (Sahih Bukhari, Book #2, Hadith #34).
It has been reported that, “Once the last ten [days of Ramadan] started, the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) used to spend the nights in worship, wake his family, strive, and tighten his belt.” (Tighten his belt refers to hard work). (Sahih Bukhari, Book #32, Hadith #241).
A dua you can recite during Laylat-al-Qadr: Aisha radhiya Allahu `anha said: “O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Lailatul-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?”
He said “Say: Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee.” “O Allah You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.” (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).
But don’t forget that after tonight there is still another odd night left, as well as 3 or 4 more days of Ramadan so keep up the effort and make the most of them.
Sometimes we go into Ramadan thinking/hoping that we will come out of this month the best Muslim we could ever be, then feel disappointed at the end thinking we haven’t achieved nearly as much as we wanted to.
Firstly, a little goes along way in this month. Remember, whoever draws nearer to Allah by performing any of the optional good deeds in this month shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in this month, shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. So even if you’ve done a few more deeds, the rewards you will have collected will be unimaginable!
Secondly, if there were some optional acts that you intended to do but couldn’t, for example, if you were unable to perform taraweh every night because you had to stay at home and lookafter your siblings, Allah will know what you intended and reward you accordingly. The sunnah indicates that people are rewarded for the action that they intended to do even if they were unable to perform it. Allah may also reward you for the action that you did perform – so in this case, for example, Allah may reward you for obeying your parents who asked you to stay at home and look after your siblings.
Thirdly, keep going! Although this blessed month is nearly over, there is nothing to stop you earning reward after it has gone. Allah is the most merciful throughout the year – not only in Ramadan. So don’t despair if the month has gone by and you feel as though you haven’t done enough.
Therefore, don’t think your actions have gone unnoticed and try to keep up your efforts not just throughout the end of Ramadan but also throughout the rest of the year.
Have a good Eid inshAllah.
May Allah keep our spirits and energies high to enable us to reap the rewards of the rest of this month and to continue to improve our worship and our deen for the rest of our lives.